Can we put David Wells on the enemies list? He annoys me.
The Braves played with a similar shorthanded lineup to last night (with Julio at first and Hessman in the outfield for Wise) but didn’t manage to get the hits when needed. Of course, they only had five hits in all. They were frustrated by Wells for most of the game, but had several opportunities late, including a golden one — Furcal (who pinch-hit) on third, one out — but DeRosa struck out. Marcus Giles was then hit by a pitch (when Wells lost control of his hat and it fell over his face in mid-pitch) and wound up leaving the game; Andruw then struck out. Furcal stayed in playing second. They had other opportunities than that to drive in a run with a single, but couldn’t capitalize.
Jaret Wright gave up only one run but wound up with a loss he didn’t really deserve, though he didn’t actually pitch that well. He threw 106 pitches — 64 strikes — in only six innings and was generally wild, but only walked one (against five strikeouts). But he was lucky to avoid giving up more runs.
Any chance the Braves had of tying the game up (Trevor Hoffman is back in the Padres’ bullpen now) went away in the top of the ninth when Cunnane gave up a couple of hits and Nitkowski was unable to strand them. Miraculously, Base12 managed to give up two hits in two innings of work, but no runs.
Daily Chipper update: he hopes to play a rehab game in Rome tomorrow and be with the big club Friday. Hopefully Drew will play tomorrow, but who knows. He’ll probably come down with gout like Wells did that time. The game tomorrow will be at 1:05.